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Wednesday 13 March 2024

Outfits and Spring Newness

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Styling outfits for the over 50s: Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton adds a pop of red to black and white

Dear friends.  Bit of a mish-mash today. A few outfits I've been wearing and a few things I've bought or returned recently.  The weather has been atrocious this week. I didn't make it to Plymouth for Mother's Day because I had a cold and didn't want to pass it to Mum.  I'm going this week instead. 

So, a few outfits.  At the top is a very versatile combination, my black and white abstract print skirt and soft white jumper, both old. I like to wear them with brightly coloured tights and matching scarf or necklace.  The bag is a new acquisition from Pom Pom London. It's in colour stone, which goes with everything. 

After last week's try-on of four denim skirts, you might be wondering which one I kept.  It was the fourth one, the shortest one, above, by White Stuff. It suits my style personality the best.  The long skirts are trendy but they tend to swamp me, and next year they will probably be hideously out of date.  The skirt I chose has traditional denim skirt styling:  it's actually identical to the first one I ever bought, at 15. There's a lot to be said for retro.

A waist belt can create curves where they don't exist as shown by Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton, the style blog for sassy over 50s

I showed you this blouse and top recently, but with grey chinos.  Here I've added another new acquisition, the Lara waist belt from Kettlewell in Bluebell, along with purple tights and boots from Amazon. I don't have much of a waist, but as you can see, the Lara belt creates one. Gok Wan was right. 

I've been looking for purple boots for a long time and these tick the box for me. They're not too high and they're pointy toed.

I was so pleased with the stone coloured bag I bought another one in kelly green, also from Pom Pom London.  Their bags always have a pompom attached, and you can choose two straps.  Sometimes if there's an offer you can also receive a matching coin purse.   

The green will go beautifully with a lot of my green outfits.  I've been champing at the bit to wear lighter jackets and did wear this ensemble recently.  I regretted it though because although there was a blue sky, it was deceptive.  I was cold! 

On the subject of green, I spotted a pair of mint culottes at M&S and thought they would be great for summer. I kind of overlooked the fact that they're a) wide legged. and b), lacy material.  Neither of which ever do me any favours, as you can see.  I do occasionally try things that I know deep down won't suit me.

Another item that's been sent back is the new Claire shirt dress from Kettlewell.  I was attracted by the fact it's a shirt dress, worn belted, and has a neat collar.

The colours are coded for spring and winter, but are border line for me as a light spring.  Anyway, the very classic style of the dress is not for me.  It looks quite staid. The pattern is also a bit overwhelming on me.

It came to life a bit when I added the jacket, but in summer I won't always be wanting to do that. 

The last new purchase to show you has been getting a fair bit of wear because it's a rain jacket. It's from Craghoppers. I was smitten when I saw the colours, peachy shades which are perfect for a light spring. Technical rain jackets are usually in black or other dark colours, so it's great to have one in light fresh tones. 

Hopefully the weather is expected to improve by the weekend and possibly hit a high of 26 degrees (78 Fahrenheit).  It makes my packing for Plymouth a bit challenging because I'm going by train and am trying to take a small case. There's a rail replacement running for three days between Plymouth and Tiverton Parkway, so it's no good taking the huge case I took last time.

Have you made any purchases for spring? Do tell in the comments. Scroll down below the link-up to find the comments box. 

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  1. I just love your use of colour. And the purple and green jacket happen to be my favourite styles you showed here. I love that green bag as well. The Pom Pom looks fun and a great playful addition to that stunning green bag. I hope you’re having a great week so far.

    1. The pompom is on a keyring so you can take it off if you want. I was hoping the pompoms would be the same colour as the bag! Ah well....

  2. I love those culottes although they are not for you. Love your purple outfit! And the green bag is simply gorgeous.

    1. Thanks Nancy! The bag is exactly the right size for the stiff I generally carry around, without being too big

  3. Some great look Gail. I’m sharing black and white with red tomorrow. Have a super week xx


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